Dyson DC25 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review


Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

There are two DC25 models.  The DC25 All-Floors and the DC25 Animal.  It seems the only difference between the two (besides the color) is that the DC25 Animal comes with an extra tool called the mini turbine tool.  Does this make the DC25 Animal worth the extra money?

The mini turbine tool is an add-on that attaches to any Dyson vacuum cleaner and is designed to get into hard-to-reach areas and for better removal of dirt and pet hair.  How much does this tool cost?  Well, it varies but it is somewhere in the 70USD to 80USD range.  What is the difference between the cost of the DC25 All-floors and the DC25 Animal?  Well that is typically $30 - $70.  So, it seems if you need the turbine tool then getting the DC25 Animal is the better buy, right?  Well, not necessarily.  The issue here is that the mini turbine tool typically gets very average reviews.

The attachment is shown here on AmazonOut of 208 customer reviews the tool has a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Not bad but not great.  Reviews on several other sites also indicate consumers are not overly thrilled with this attachment.   There seems to be a number of consumers indicating that the tool brush stops spinning if too much pressure is applied against a surface – rendering the tool rather ineffective.  As with many a product, however, it would only be fair to point out here that there are also a number of consumers that do like the tool and indicate that it works just fine.  But with ratings we find it is important to pay attention to the statistics, and low ratings -– given a decent sample size –- are worth paying attention to or are at least a sign that one should do a little more due diligence before making a purchase. 

If you want to read about the DC25 All-floors vacuum then please read DC25 All-Floors Review.  Ratings net-wide for both the DC25 All-Floors and the DC25 Animal are usually very good - you just can't argue with these kinds of numbers.  Consumers give the Animal very healthy scores and the scoring is similar to that of the All-floors.

Ratings Updated April 2016
 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.5 stars out of 5  688
 Viewpoints  4.7 stars out of 5  299
 Walmart  4.6 stars out of 5  1762
 Overstock  4.7 stars out of 5  790
 Abt  4.2 stars out of 5  87
 Best Buy  4.5 stars out of 5  307


You may also want to view a video on the Dyson Ball technology to get an idea how the Dyson vacuum cleaner moves. 

We have seen many a consumer struggle to get used to this rather unique form of locomotion.  Most really like it given time but some never quite get used to it.

The Dyson DC25 Animal has also been chosen in the past as one of our top picks for Best vacuum for Pet Hair - but not since 2017.

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0 # Paula 2019-04-02 02:10
Hi my sister has a Dyson DC25 for animals. She has had it for 8 years and raves about it. Now I am looking for a machine and I can't find the DC25 anywhere. Did they stop making them? If so what would you recommend for a house with 3 dogs, 1 is a long haired and 2 cats? I only have 1 room with carpet rest are tile and linoleum so which machines has everything that the DC25 has so I can purchase it ASAP.
Thank you very much,
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0 # Nigel 2019-04-02 18:13
Hi Paula

You might consider Dyson's latest upright the Dyson Ball Animal 2 (there is a review of the vacuum on this site).

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0 # Paula 2019-04-04 19:28
Thank you just get a response from Dyson they recommend the V8 or V10 but didn't tell me the names. I cant find a V8 or V10 lol. Will check out the Animal 2 thanks
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0 # Wanda 2015-10-03 20:07
I have had the DC Animal for years and it has great suction. I loved the turbine attachment, but it didn't last long? Back then it was 3 cats and 2 dogs. The brushes are now worn down and it is making terrible whining noise time for replacement. Now I deal with cats only, will get the DC Animal again and hope that they have improved on the turbine attachment!
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0 # Rob Berry 2014-11-02 08:10
I have the dyson dc25 animal. I have had it for two years I would give it a 10 When its working.I have had the brush bar motor replaced. Now as of today it is out again.I just got it back from Dyson. They said there was nothing wrong with it, today it sparked and died I just had the brush bar motor replaced 2 months ago. In Dysons defense the customer service is excellent so over all I would say the dyson is a winner
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0 # IDeb 2014-09-04 00:41
I have 2 dogs, one cat, and three horses. I bought the DC 25 8 years ago. Great vacuum. It is the smaller cousin of the 65. The 25 picks up great, is nimble and easy to maneuver and very light weight. I got the 65 a month ago. Great suction and floor to carpet transition much harder to maneuver does not turn like it is on a ball. Also the hose is much more difficult to use. Not as long, stiffer and kinks itself off like a garden hose So the 65 is like a Clydesdale. Hard working but big and heavy, this, not so nimble. The 25 is like. Quarter horse cutting horse quick in changing directions, lighter weight. Both are great just different for different needs.
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0 # Brian Riess 2014-01-12 10:10
Great suction but clogs all the time. Engineering degree from MIT necessary to unclog at times. Horrible on hardwood floors,just pushes debris around. Had it 3 months, going to try and return it at my Costco where I bought it!
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0 # Linda 2013-03-15 18:03
I own an older Dyson Animal for 5 or 6 years now and I am very happy with how well it cleans. It keeps up with my three cockatiels who are messy, and I cut my boy\'s hair and clean the hair up with the vacuum. I tear the vacuum\'s cyclone assembly down to give it a good cleaning in the sink and while I\'m at it I also clean the hose. It works well but in need of replacement parts after all these years of use. I love this vacuum and I cleaned for a living and went through many different kinds of vacuums and I feel this vacuum is good as Hoover, which I used many years in my business.
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-1 # Julia 2012-10-26 18:27
I had the first model dyson for 7 years and still works great just gave it to my boyfriend for is business studio. Just purchased the animal and LOVE it ! I know this will last a long time I m a true fan of Dyson products
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0 # lee 2011-12-04 18:22
My family has had the Dyson for about 3 years now, using it probably no more than twice a week, we have had maintenance done twice through Dyson, and as of tonight it has official died. The main power switch is no longer working, the suction and roller ball are almost completely dead...and as for us, we are now dead in the water with a somewhat dirty house....we don\'t recommend this vacuum. It did a decent job at first but started dying after about three months, with not hardly much use. My family is not hard on things and we are rather handy but the Dyson just didn\'t do the job.
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0 # Marc 2011-12-03 19:56
I bought the DC25 with a new black lab who sheds. Despite the use of the best flea protection in Michigan sand fleas thrive.
A good vacuum is critical to ridding a house of fleas. This Dyson does the job and picks up dog dander wonderfully. My only complaint is the short cord. Such a great vac at this cost should have a longer cord. I hear some newer models have longer cords. Good move Dyson
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0 # Jess 2011-09-26 12:20
I just bought the Dyson DC25 animal and I really really like the vacuum. I do find the extra attachment turbine brush helpful and find that is works very well to clean up after my chihuahuas. I do recommend this vacuum.
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0 # Erik 2011-08-18 05:40
I just picked up my first Dyson - a DC25 Animal for $367. It did fairly well on its first run, but I wasn\'t blown away by its performance. The roller only clogged up once, but the attachment wand clogged up repeatedly. I do like that it fits under my cabinets and in spaces my other vacuum wouldn\'t fit as well. I\'m still debating whether it\'s worth $367, knowing that I could get the Hoover Platinum for at least $100 less.
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0 # Shannon 2011-03-22 16:22
My Dyson only last 8 years, but living on the forest line and having constant wood fires during the winter is hard on a vacuum. Oh - and my two dogs.. The first few years I loved my vacuum. This past year has shown a remarkable decline in suction. The turbine attachment does not work well, as the spin of the brush is dependent on air flow, so if you press it at all in to carpet, it stops spinning.
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0 # Suzanne 2010-02-15 14:07
I have owned this vacuum for 10 years. It is now time to replace it. I have tried cleaning everything to get the suction back to the way it was when it was new. It did great on my plush carpet. It picked up dog hair and dust. It has just gotten old and needs to be replaced. Do not waste your money for the extra attachment;it\'s not worth it. The vacuum was well worth the money though.
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